Sunday, October 20, 2013

Big Bucks On The Move!

Hey everyone,

The hickory leaves are yellow, the persimmon trees are red, and the scenery is beautiful here on the ranch. It won't be long until the oaks turn as well, and the fall colors will take over the landscape. My favorite natural event of the year and it seems that as soon as it's here, it's gone. 

The last time I wrote two weeks ago, the rye grass was newly planted and the cows had not started calving yet. I'm happy to say now that the rye is up and we have seven Angus calves on the ground! 

I check the cows twice a day, and so far I've witnessed one birth and watched two calves take their first steps, as well as their first drinks of milk. It really is a miracle what goes on in the cow pasture, and I'm really enjoying the excitement of calving season right now. Hopefully it's nice and steady until all the calves are born. Hopefully.

Angus cows and calves on the ranch.

Now for the deer talk. 

Just as I hoped and expected, the big bucks are starting to roam around checking beds, and I'm getting pictures.

It's really exciting seeing huge deer that haven't been caught on camera all year, and all of a sudden, there they are. As you will see in the pictures, we have two big non-typicals roaming the ranch. The bigger of the two has some seriously wicked looking headgear. Long stickers and a huge, long brow-tine that shoots up like a spear. Awesome, awesome buck. The kind that keeps you awake at night. 

Notice the  huge brow-tine!

The other non-typical buck is just a freak of nature. Obviously something went seriously wrong when he was growing his rack. His left side is crazy! Makes me wonder where the injury is and how he got it.

He'd be a great trophy for anyone, but he's a smart old buck. So far all pictures of him are after dark.  Hopefully the doe's get hotter, and he gets dumber. 

Front view

The rest of these bucks are mostly typical 4x4's, but they sure are nice. I'm a sucker for big 8 pointers, always have been. Although they never score high in the Pope and Young, there is still something very respectable about a 130-140 inch 8 pointer that scores that high without the two extra points of typical 10 pointer. The way I see it, a 140 inch 8 pointer is every bit as nice as a 160 inch ten pointer, because the two extra tines are the 20 inch difference! 

Thanks for reading and I hope that these pictures gave you the same thrill that they gave me.
We still have deer hunts and buffalo hunts available for 2013 as well as cabin rentals, so give us a call or shoot us an email.  We'd love to be your Missouri outfitter!

Good luck in the stand everybody!

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